Senior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) of the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team has been chosen as a candidate for 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in an announcement made this Wednesday (Oct. 7).
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community, and competition.
The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and those 10 individuals will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community, and competition.
Chupp, a two-time (2008-09 and 2009-10) Ferris State team captain, concluded the 2008-09 season with 12 points on seven goals with five assists in 33 contests. In 109 career games, Chupp has accumulated 65 points on 26 goals and 39 assists.
This past season, Chupp was honored as first-ever recipient of the program's Community Service Award. He also was a nominee for the 2009 Bank of New York Mellon Hockey Humanitarian Award as college hockey's finest citizen and also earned finalist status for a 2009 National Student-Athlete Day Giant Steps Award in the civic leader category. The Bulldog skater was also nominated for the Hockey Coaches of America's (HCA) 2009 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes a fearless leader and beloved fan favorite who always places his team first.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner at the 2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four to be held in early April at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.
Chupp and the Bulldogs begin their 2009-10 season this weekend (Oct. 9-10) versus the Canisius Golden Griffins at the Buffalo (N.Y.) Sports Arena. A 7:05 p.m. (EDT) opening faceoff is slated for both non-league encounters.